It is very important that you do all your golf thinking and decision making away from the golf ball so when you walk into the shot all you have to do is react to your target and execute.
This will keep your mind quiet and your body free of unwanted tension.
In order to make a good shot, you have to be 100% commitment.
DON’T BE IN TWO MINDS
When you are not committed muscles tighten up and a free-flowing swing is difficult. You must be confident of the shot you are about to play.
You must have a pre-shot routine. One of the best forms of advice is to see, sense, and commit. That means visualising the shot you are about to play, its shape and height.
Take a practice swing or two and feel the shot you are trying to create. Relax, slow yourself down; waggle the club a few times take a breath. Now you are ready.
Then Commit to that feeling and step up to your shot and pull the trigger.
Without this commitment we are unsure of what we are trying to achieve.
Whatever your routine try to keep it around the 30-second mark as this is just enough time to choose your target, line it up, feel the swing you want, and fire.
Any longer than 30 seconds you can start to let the mind wander and that is when swing thoughts start to creep in causing the swing to become contrived and unnatural.
In other sports we don’t have time to think, we just react. In golf because the ball is not moving it gives us lots of time for thoughts that are detrimental to come into play.
Work all of your swing thoughts out in your pre-shot routine before you settle in at address and your mind will be free of swing thoughts and your body will be able to react.
This raises confidence and in turn raises your commitment to the shot. State your intention with each shot. Tell yourself what you are going to do, then go ahead and DO IT.